During the month of December, BFA students have once again been participating in the Hour of Code initiative. This annual event traditionally takes place during Computer Science Education Week and was designed to introduce students to computer science and computer programming. As part of BFA’s emphasis on technology, students in elementary and middle school will participate in Hour of Code and have lots of opportunities to code throughout the next few weeks! 

In Mrs. Ward’s lab, students will examine how to write code using basic commands, then act out those commands with partners as studies show that kids learn better when pair programming. Students in grades 1-5 will use laptops to complete various coding activities on code.org. In addition, Mrs. Ward’s students will code using the BeeBot robots and play an Osmo coding game on the iPads. 

These exciting activities piggyback on what Mrs. Tickle does throughout the year–our K-5 students use Kodable and our fourth and fifth grade kiddos also experiment with Tynker.

Ms. Konesky’s middle school STEAM classes have been busy with many different projects! Seventh and eighth grade spent the first trimester in an introduction to DSLR photography unit. They learned how shutter speed, aperture and ISO work together while practicing with Canon Rebel t7 cameras. Our sixth graders used GameMaker, a drag and drop coding platform, to learn both game design and fundamental programming concepts like variables, loops and conditional statements. Currently, one section of sixth grade is building, programming and testing their LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. For second trimester, seventh grade is learning 3D Modeling with SketchUp and eighth grade classes are learning programming with Javascript and Swift as well as building/wiring our new Tetrix robots.

And, while we’re focusing on all things tech–we’d like to share that both our technology lab and our STEAM lab were recently updated with brand new, top-of-the-line Apple iMacs!